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Piraat Ale - Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.

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Piraat AlePiraat Ale

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1,917 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,917
Reviews: 961
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 74
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A robustly bitter strong Belgian pale ale.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2001)
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Photo of trumick


3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

This one burst and overflowed when I opened it hope it's ok???Pours a pale golden color with a huge fluffy head, not much lacing head quickly faded.
Scent is metallic, banana, yeast spice.
Taste is clove, banana, yeast, sweet malts with a huge alcohol finish, very overpowering.
Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, medium bodied seems to be too much carbination and really big bubbles. Along with the alcohol taste together makes for harsh mouthfeel.
Drinkability is not so great. The alcohol is just too much to be able to drink more than one of these.

Piraat, for me, is ok at best. I won't be buying one of these again. Very expensive 4.65 for 11.2 oz.

09-17-2004 02:49:49 | More by trumick
Photo of Doppel07


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Massive, thick, foamy white head. Clear golden body with moderate carbonation. Thick cottony lacing. Classic citrus and banana nose of a tripel plus some spice, yeasty aroma and a vague leathery quality. Flavor is very distinct with elements of leather, fruit peels, more spice, and prominent alcohol. This is a big, very enjoyable beer.

09-10-2004 03:27:06 | More by Doppel07
Photo of shippos

New York

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

poured into a duvel glass with a clear golden honey yellow with a fluffy rocky white head. fruity spicy aroma with lots of citrus notes spicy corriander and good hop aroma all infront of an estery alcohol background. spicy explosin of co2 in your mouth followed by warming alcohol and a nice sugary malt mouthfeel that is moderately syrupy. a very warming beer and very drinkable as much as this style is drinkable.

08-28-2004 04:06:43 | More by shippos
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


2.68/5  rDev -34.2%

I like most Belgian beers. This is not one of them. Flat, strange tasting beer. Plenty of alcohol, which is well hidden. It just has a weird taste that I can't describe. There are so many great beers of this style, don't bother with this. Even the Bier du bouccanier (if fresh) blows this away.

08-06-2004 03:30:53 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of necoadam


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours out a orange/golden color with a huge, thick head that never goes away it seems. Smell consisted of all sorts of things. Malts, citrus, grass and some slight alcohol can also be detected. Kinda wild almost. Taste was actually sweeter than I thought it was going to be. But wow is this thing thick. After taking that first sip I knew that this was going to be a thick brew. Almost looks like a Duvel, but nowhere as thick as that beer is. Citrus and honey and malts hit the palate first with some caramel and some hop kick towards the middle and end. A little bit of that 10.5% can be detected, but is masked well by the hops and citrus notes. At first I didn't know whether I was going to like it or not, but this does get the job done. Yes it's a thick beer, but it's pretty smooth and creamy. Worth a shot for sure.

08-06-2004 01:14:46 | More by necoadam
Photo of RocketWidget


2.78/5  rDev -31.7%

My good friend CharThePirate is going to be disappointed with me, but this Ale just didn’t cut it for me.

Pours a dark yellow color, with good off white head retention. Appearance is the best part of this beer. Smell is hope like and slightly sour. Taste is disappointing. Alcohol is a dominant factor in the taste here, and not in a good way. Other high alcohol beers blend the alcohol taste with the sweetness of the malt and balance with hops. The taste of this beer is liqueur-like, with the sweetness of the malt only having a subtle impact. Slight hops. Aftertaste is of whiskey, or ironically enough rum. This beer just isn’t right for me.

07-29-2004 22:20:31 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of twilight


4.85/5  rDev +19.2%

I'm going to try not to gush about this beer because it is one of the nummiest things I've had in a long time. I like hoppy beers, so I though this was going to be a bitter bomb like DFH90, but it was more of a welcome treat. Kind of like when you buy a lemon drop in a candy store and it turns out to be even better than when you were salivating over it behind the counter.

I've been wanting to try this beer since I heard about it a few months ago. I finally saw a 750 at Bierkraft but circumstances prevented me from carrying the bottle around. I later picked up a stubby 33cL bottle from New Beer fresh out of the newly-opened box.

It pours a clear golden orange with a fluffy head leaving beautiful lacing all around. The nose is of the typical belgian spiciness and pear sweetness reminiscen of a Tripel. The alcohol is present in the aroma, so I wasn't shocked at the first sip.

Whoa mama! It's a malty overrun with belgian candy sweetness with a hint of earthiness. It finishes with alcohol, leaving it spicy due to the yeast. It's really almost like a tripel, but lighter, almost heavenly.

Mouthfeel is smooth, beautifully lolling on the tongue save for the alcohol bite. Drinkability? Well, suffice to say that it's so good that I really could have like two or three before I passed out and I wouldn't care. Hear that?!?! I could drink this all night even though the night would probably be cut short when I passed out with a blissful smile.

I'm adding this to my staple beers, crazy as that may sound... Arrr, mateys, thar I come.

06-30-2004 04:31:14 | More by twilight
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into Chimay goblet. Pours a medium golden color, rich and thick looking. Has a medium-sized white head that settles to a 1/8th inch layer that sticks around. Aroma: in a word, nice! Bright and clean with apples, floral hints, and some sweetness. Flavor has a nice tripel-like feel with slight sweetness, apples, & cinnimon with a late hop bite that nicely balances the rest of the flavors. Some alcohol drifts up into the sinuses, but not overpowering. With this ABV, the alcohol is nicely underplayed in the taste profile (but it will catch up to you in a hurry). Mouthfeel is full and very pleasant. Because of ABV, drinkability is not as highly rated.

06-23-2004 14:45:37 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of putnam


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Huge cumulous formations of pearl-white appear over candy-yellow liquid. The aromas tell of drunken banana puddings, coconut, navel oranges, yeast, and dry flint smoke. On the palate it is thick and sweet with flavors of tropical fruits, cream and tree bark. Like Duvel with more juice and alcohol. A persistent hop bitterness accompanies the sweetly alcoholic, medium-length finish.

06-11-2004 22:53:44 | More by putnam
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Fresh from its delivery to American beer in Brooklyn, I picked up this 11.2 oz. stubby bottle.
Pours orangy golden with a tiny bubble puffy head, dissolving to a sheen and of course leaves some nice lacing. Nose is strong medicinal, phenolic, alcohol, yeah baby, I love this style! first taste is pure bliss. Strong alcohol, melon, lots of pepper, more medicinal notes. As it warms, malty flavors and character come foward, This is 10%, but all the flavors and body conceal the alcohol well. Complex, tasty, strong, full of character and interest. Glad I went for this one, seek it out and enjoy. Sante...

06-09-2004 02:56:37 | More by Billolick
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3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Difficult to find on tap, but glad to find it. 64 oz. growler from Half Time. Poured a bright golden yellow with a puffy, cloud like head full of bubbles. Constant line of bubbles coming out of the deep recesses of the glass. Smell was very much a cross between a tripel and a grand cru. Sharp esters, orange peel, slight honey flavors all blended together with an almost brandy like quality. Taste was very sweet and almost like a less hoppy version of the American Double IPA. Sweet peach and green raisin flavors, juicy malt characteristics, slight hoppy finish that adds just a slight note of piney bitterness in the end.Sticky sweetness. The alcohol is very apparent, but not overbearing. Good beer and a nice belgian with a note of British influence.

05-29-2004 22:51:07 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

The appearance of this beer is probably the only disappointing part of this beer. The color is a light golden yellow, with a bit of stark white head that recedes into a light top and ring. Smell: lots of fruity sweetness, spice, wheat, hops, mustard, lemon/citrius. The taste is amazingly complex. It starts out with a hit of sweet fruit and syrup, and it quickly blends into the slightly salty meaty spiced flavors, with mustard, and the wheaty malts. The aftertaste blends into a wonderful mix of hops and spice. The mouthfeel is just right in body weight and is perfectly carbonated. The warm feeling that you get drinking it is wonderful to warm up to on a cold spring evening, and it also lets you know full well that what youre drinking is strong enough to knock a mule on its head. This is a great beer, and I hope HalfTime keeps this on tap for a while.

05-29-2004 22:38:18 | More by FranklinPCombs
Photo of longpondbeerman


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

I got a hold of a growler of the Piraat at Half Time (along with complimentary Piraat tulip glasses), and I tried it for the first time on a clear, chilly late spring evening. I must say, it was the perfect choice. It pours a cloudy gold color with a medium thin white head. The smell is quite complex:hops and belgian spices swirling in a harmonic blend that is very enticing. The first taste is delightful--cloves, banana, hops, that together with an underlying peppery backbone mask mischieviously the high alcohol content. I admit I was not sure I'd cotton to this combination, but it works, though I found the mouthfeel a tad too thin. Definitely a worthy choice.

05-29-2004 22:24:26 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of blitheringidiot


4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

This 330 mL bottle released a 1/2 Belg 1/2 foamy head into a tulip glass. Huge sticky head alone has a personality all its own. Gorgeous golden haze pour that has no room for improvement, while in a class all its own.

Aromatic cloves and awl-kee-hawl scents followed by afterscents of banabread, fresh from a fridge pour at the Drafting Room in Sprinhouse, PA.

Spicey cloves, peppery up-front taste. The flavor has a lasting aftertaste of mild Grannysmith apples and overly ripe bananas.

Solid tight sizzle with gracious warm suds in the feel. The drinkability factor tops off because these can not be enjoyed for more than a couple in a session.

Last swigs: What else to say other than a most excellent Belg weighing in at 10.5 % ABV...now go pray...for another.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

05-28-2004 03:48:32 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of shapudding


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Poured an intense amount of head into my tulip, belgian bubble bath shooting out of the glass! Beautiful! Golden and slightly cloudy, great head retention. Great aroma of sweetness and fruits, lightly yeasty and citrus. Fresh tasting. Nice bite and alcohol taste to it which I do appreciate. The more it warmed the more I taste tart apples. Also makes me think of the taste of bananas foster eaten with a beer... 10.5%, which is always nice too! Very drinkable and one I have shared with a beer newbie who just loved it!

05-28-2004 01:03:15 | More by shapudding
Photo of Skidz


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

A 330mL short, stubby bottle. Weird little bugger.

Pours out light yellow and sits a light orange/amber in the glass with a small, bubbly white head on top.

Smells of apples, pears, prunes and some maltiness. Slight grass and spice notes carry inside the aroma.

Tastes of light citrus fruits, candy sugar, malts and sweet, fruity yeast. Some herbal hoppiness carries on the finish. A delightful tasting beer. Quite sweet, but very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is quite smooth, slightly syrupy and overall it's a fairly thick bodied beer.. Carbonation is low, but moves well through the mouth. Just the one 330mL would suit me fine. A very nice treat.

05-22-2004 03:16:18 | More by Skidz
Photo of BitteBier


4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a muted lemon-straw color with a good deal of haze and persistent, active carbonation. The finger's worth of off-white head quickly dissipates, though a fine lace clings aggressively to the glass. Yeast and grass scents are prounounced, as is a soft, peppery spiciness. Some underlying malt sweetness is detectable as well. Full, honey-sweet malt flavor gives way quickly to a massive wave of alcohol warmth and some peppery spice. While the warmth persists, it gradually yields to the grassy notes that are so noticeable in the smell. Full mouthfeel is sticky but not annoyingly, cloyingly so. A unique, interesting beer.

05-17-2004 00:31:05 | More by BitteBier
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that wants to overflow the glass. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent which brags of Belgian pale malts and a fruity Belgian yeast finish. The taste is good. It has a pale malt flavor that is very intense and warms on the finish. It has a dry, yet fruity yeast flavor that is pleasant. It goes down easy for having such a high abv. . The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good Belgian ale, but I think that it's a little too over-hyped.

05-10-2004 00:53:01 | More by WesWes
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

This heady Belgium brew pours a bright yet hazy (bottle conditioned) orange color. It has a big fluffy white head and a huge amount of carbonation bubbles of varying sizes. The nose is of malt fruityness, fresh hops and spicey alcohol. The the taste is very excellent, with an excellent balance of hop bitterness, candy sugar and interesting yeastyness (this brew has much more hoppiness than chimay red or westmalle). The alcohol is there but its hefty 10.5 percent is very well hidden beneath the other flavors. The mouthfeel is spritzery and very pleasing, also quite light for such a heady brew. This beer is excellent and if only I could find it in LCBO, I would buy several cases.


05-03-2004 02:37:23 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

750ml bottle poured at the Delirium Cafe in Belgium. This is a yellow/orangey liquid with a thick white top of foam. The aromas are very sweet and consist of citrus fruits, sugar, cotton candy, bubblegum, spicy herbal hops, light doughy malts and more. The taste is quite sweet and spicy from the interesting hopping that this beer has. The malts are a bit subdued, but lend a nice bready element to this beer. The mouthfeel is not too thick, or too thin and the drinkability is good, but hindered by the extreme sweetness of this brew.

03-30-2004 19:47:22 | More by francisweizen
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I had the pleasure of having this on-tap at Eulogy in Philly. This was an very good triple, which had a nice golden color and a nice frothy, creamy white head. The taste is creamy and smooth which is completely consistent for this style. As another mentioned, it is light but not watery. It has a tad more of an alcohol bite than I've had with others of this style. But given it's 10.5% abv, it still hides the percentage pretty well. Not the most drinkable triple, but still very good.

03-28-2004 22:56:40 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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4.03/5  rDev -1%

11.2oz stubbie bottle purchased at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $4.03. Bottle pictures the odd juxtaposition of a piratical-looking fellow and what appears to be a Viking longship (I'm assuming Piraat is Flemish for Pirate, but don't know where they're getting the Viking ship from).

Poured a cloudy gold color, with a HUGE head. The head stuck around until it vanished down my throat. Enormous sheets of lacing.

Smell was of sweet, candyish malts, with a slight grapefruit tinge in the background.

Taste is mostly of mildly sweet mal. It may be sweet, but not to the point of being cloying. The slight grapefruit taste helps that out by keeping it's feet on the ground.

Mouthfeel is thin, but not in a watery way. It just seems very light.

This is drinkable enough to drink all night...but the abv would kick your ass the next day.

03-28-2004 08:58:59 | More by woemad
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

This brew comes out a cloudy, orange color, and has a good size foamy white head on top. The scent is citrusy and a little malty. The taste has a spicy bite to it from the warming alcohol. Sweet, citrusy tastes as well. Bitter/spicy hops. A full mouthfeel. This is a high-octane beer.

03-25-2004 07:23:46 | More by Tballz420
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Enjoyed in a 9 ounce glass at Chumley's in Lafayette. This poured a nice golden color will a super small white foam head. Smell is very fruity and upon first sip i know why this beer smells so fruity. Massive notes of blueberry backed by a dry spiced body. Mouthfeel is just a tad above average and drinkability is not that great as this beer sits extremely heavy in your stomach. This is a quality brew but definately not my favorite for the style. Surely worth the shot though.

03-23-2004 01:27:13 | More by soper2000
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +2%

Clear, sparkling yellow with a bright, white head that slumps around the perimeter, sheeting the glass with lace and leaving a mesa of foam standing tall in the middle. Streaming carbonation props up the persistant head.
Aroma is lemon butter saaazy - clean and crisp with notes of vanilla and honey.
Fuzzy foam and zesty lemon mix with a hearty malt base up front. Fresh hoppy flavors of green veggies and peppery grapefruit blend in seamlessly and then take over. Body is medium but a bit thin for the strong hop rate.
Finish is warm and a bit alcoholic with lingering dryness.
Very Duvel - like with less malt backbone balancing the big hop profile. Very refreshing for a strong ale.

03-14-2004 05:25:39 | More by Shiredave
Piraat Ale from Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V.
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